I've spent days with a foggy brain when I wasn't cooking or shoveling fill dirt around my house. Probably the only thing that made me excitable (other than my first successful pot roast) was having YouTube videos on. What got me out of it--at least a little while--was something I'd never watched before: First viewing … Continue reading Blitz Q #156: What’s your favorite Firefly episode?
It's 5:30 a.m. and I just got in from burying my 28 year old green cheeked Amazon in the yard. I knew something was up with him, but it was the alarmed squeaking and wing-flapping from my parakeets that clued me in that something was amiss. And when I looked to see if there was … Continue reading The end of an era; or, the “squawking green chicken” has flown the coop forever…
Taking down statues of people in states of rebellion who were fighting for and openly supporting an immoral system is NOT erasing history: it's history MAKING. Actually, it's also correcting the record. Those statues were an attempt to erase history already: the history of the gains made during the 1867-1877 Reconstruction era... gains allowed to … Continue reading Confederate Statues Have Got to Go. A White Southern Woman Weighs In…
Let's call this Part 2 of my question #062 post: How do you talk to someone in your family when you have nothing to say? Anyway... I actually remembered Mother's Day was around the corner for once, and I'm sure this has fueled my anxiety and my totally distracted choices the past few weeks. I … Continue reading #067–How do you do Mother’s Day when you can’t bring yourself to speak to your mother?
Photo from NPR article linked to below, from Getty images A few months ago, with the church shooting outside of San Antonio, I asked a question about what would happen if we focused on the victims instead of the perpetrator. Well, thank you NPR--it's a start. This is the point. This is the result. And … Continue reading To me, this is the whole damned point…
My Copy: 9780131867192 (image from abebooks.com) Another blast from the past, another self-improvement book on the shelf...but I've actually read this one...way back when. I was just so young I didn't know what to do with it. My memory sucks, and with all the books on my shelf (and all the classes I keep signing … Continue reading Double Your Brain Power: Increase your memory by using all of your brain all the time, by Jean Marie Stine
My Copy: 9780316074841 (image from ushmm.org) Tell Them We Remember is a concise overview of the Holocaust. As someone who has done research on the Holocaust ever since reading about Anne Frank (going on over 20 years now), I think this book is a fantastic introduction to the subject matter for younger readers, say middle … Continue reading Tell Them We Remember: The Story of the Holocaust, by Susan D. Bachrach
My Copy: 9780831777814 (image from amazon.com) I can't explain my fascination with shipwrecks. All I know is probably every other time mom took me to the public library, I'd end up taking this one home. When I found it on eBay--decades later--I couldn't believe my luck. Probably some of the best memories of my childhood … Continue reading Great Shipwrecks of the 20th Century, by Thomas E. Bonsall
Anybody who met me personally, other than wondering where the hell my energy and babbling comes from, would probably consider me to be the biggest square that ever walked about in my generation. I'm not much of a drinker, not a smoker, and more than a handful of college classmates told me that I'd probably … Continue reading Creating Poetry When You Don’t Have a Life
My Copy: 9780449213940 (image from amazon.com) I've seen the movies (the amazing 1930s version and the "meh" version with "John Boy"), so I already knew the story for the most part. All Quiet on the Western Front is a great piece of work, though, and the style works wonderfully. I started it this Armistice Day/Veteran's … Continue reading All Quiet on the Western Front, by Erich Maria Remarque